Peter Abbott is a retired university lecturer. He has written or co-authored a number of Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 379: Armies in East Africa 1914-18. He is particularly interested in 19th and 20th century armies that are less well known to the English speaking reader, and he has been collecting material on the various Ukrainian forces for many years.
Modern African Wars (2): Angola and Mozambique 1961-74by Peter Abbott
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Portugal was both the first and the last of the great European colonial powers. For 500 years Portugal had colonies in Africa. In 1960, as liberation movements swept across colonial Africa, the Portuguese flag still flew over vast expanses of territory across the continent. The spread of decolonization and the establishment of independent states whose governments were sympathetic to the cause of African nationalism led, in the early 1960s, to a series of wars in Angola (1961–1975), Guiné (1998) and Mozambique (1977). This book details each of these liberation movements, focusing on the equipment, uniforms and organization of the Portuguese forces.
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This book packs a great deal of information into a little space. The Portuguese Colonial Wars were complex and outside of Africa and Portugal are almost forgotten. The authors and the illustrator tell the complete story of both sides (as much as is possible in this type of book). The book also details the story of the native africans that fought on the Portuguese side. Of particular interest to me was the mention of the mounted Portuguese dragoons reminiscent of the Napoleonic era fighting in Angola and Mozambique. I cringed a little at the brush over of the backwards mindset of the Portuguese colonial system still in place and the mention of the "low intensity" of the conflict.